Adam Phillips @chluaid

Age 94, Male


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Bitey Castle, top floor

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Unscripted as it is, it's a fantastic documentation of the animation process. You've really opened my eyes to the process behind your amazing scenes.

glad you like!

you sound really young for a guy who is 80. Im rather impressed actually.

yeah my voice broke when I was 64 so I don't expect it to crack until 112 or so

cool picture

Hey Adam, I'm sorry, I feel like I keep letting you down because I keep saying I'll buy flash and haven't done it yet. Now year 12 has started and it looks like I might not get it for a while )=

don't worry about it man. It's not as if I'm frowning at you tapping my watch

usually, i dont like "the making of" productions. but this was interesting. maybe because it's more artistry, and a system i have a vague idea of how to use. either way, enjoyed it. cant wait for the next video!


You know, people can watch your work and go, "hey that was amazing." But to truly understand the time, patience, dedication, concentration, skill, and knowledge it takes to create, even a single scene or artwork, its beyond most peoples grasps. This is why i truly respect what you do. I've studied your work through and through, every step it takes, your are an inspiration for me, my friend. Keep up the incredible work and good luck with your feature film man.

thanks so much! I think it's partly my motivation for doing a demo like this, is to help people realise that it's not easy, but it is possible.

Who was the voice in Last of the Dashkin? Yeah, I know it said in the credits, but I don't wanna have to wait for those. Does she have a website or anything?

you can't wait 5 seconds after the movie finishes? Emma's name comes up right after mine. Watching credits at the end of a movie is the least any of us can do to acknowledge the people who worked hard to bring you a little entertainment. If you ever watch it again, I encourage you to stay for an extra 30 sec after 'to be continued'. Then you'll get your answer and maybe a few more.

old man voice: kids today *shakes head*

I agree completely. I always watch the credits, and I watched these ones. That's how I knew it said her name. I just forgot it. Jeez.

I meant I didn't wanna have to wait through the whole animation again.

you can't watch it all over again? Jeez, kids today *shakes head*

Her name's Emma Reynolds. I found her on voice123.com

How old are you it dosn't sound like your 80

I just had my ((78÷2) x 3) - (44¾ ÷ 8½) - (36.3676 x 2) birthday

Aren't you really only 31, so why do you lie about your age? =0 Or is that 80 in Brackenwood years or something?

And I bet Mindchamber isn't really 70.

I lie because I am.

So I've searched and searched all your flashes but cannot find the program you use for music. Care to share? Thanks a million!

the last time I made Brackenwood music myself was littleFoot. I used Cakewalk Sonar 3 and a MIDI keyboard. Since then I've paid other people to do it and I think they used Cubase

..(except The Yuyu, for which Spider and his mates played real instruments)

Heyy Question? This is graphic design? like what is this profession called? and did you go to college or you just learned?!

it's called animation. I didn't go to college, I applied for a traineeship at Disney and was accepted. Learned the ropes on the job.

Hello Mr. Phillips,

My name is Jay and I know nothing of how to create flash. I'm 21 and attend school while working full time so I'm not the richest guy in the world. I know this is gonna sound kind of corny, but after watching your Brackenwood / Bitey flash videos I was amazed at what you did. It even inspired me to attempt to create some flash of my own since I've always had the interest. I watched your youtube tutorials with CS3 and it seemed extremely helpful. Thats why I decided you would be the best person to reach out to with some questions I might have..

At Adobe they sell a package set that comes with various programs like photoshop, dreamweaver, acrobat, soundbooth, ect. Are all those necessary for someone at my level?

I really just want to know what I need to get started without costing me a fortune. So some advice to get me on the right track would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and I hope to hear back from you soon,


you don't need to spend anything to get started. I recommend either downloading the free 30-day trial of Flash, OR the PLE of ToonBoom Animate. The 30 day Flash trial sucks after 30 days.. in that it doesn't work. The ToonBoom Animate PLE (personal learning edition) however will not expire. Go to toonboom.com and look for Animate or Animate Pro

Once you have a chance to mess about with these programs, you may decide to buy one of them. You don't need the very latest version of Flash. You could possibly score an old version from eBay for a few bucks. Flash 5 is almost as good for animation as Flash CS3 or CS4. Bear in mind that the recommended version is Flash 8 because that's when Filters (blur, glow, etc) and custom ease were introduced.

Mr. Phillips, it's always a pleasure. Very interesting post - it's intriguing to witness the sheer, unrelenting planning that goes into your craft.

Best of luck with everything ... inside and outside of Brackenwood.

thanks Mr Bigfoot!

ive been inspired to animate framebyframe More! this is amazing! also, i think you might be able to just skip 21\33 or 22\, and go on. im eager to see them!

yeah I might put 22-25 in a single timelapse part, then just back to normal with 26-33

What's that, 1020 by 768? ;)

yeah HQ dimensions :D

I wasn't able to send you this private message unfortunately :(, so i had to send it here:

"Hi, hows it going?

I've always loved your work, its partially been the inspiration for my own, if you visit my page you can see i've tributed some of your amazing artwork (i hope thats ok with you). I have been working on my own project for quite some time, its a high quality cinematic stick series, and i was wondering adam, would it be ok with you if you did a very quick voice for the movie? I would be very honored if you did that small favor for me. You would voice a veteran soldier (just a single line at most) greeting another character very briefly in a casual way. I was watching your animation video on your page and your voice is the only natural sounding one for a character like that, people can fake it, yes, but i think its better for more natural voice.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Take care :),
~Eric Pasquet"

Hey man, drop me a line through my site's contact form. I'll be happy to say a line or two ;)

When watching LOTR it somehow reminded me of the Brackenwood series (probably because of the fantasy elements they share, how it's based in a different world and all), and I thought of what an awesome thing it would be if there was a Brackenwood feature film. So I googled you, and read apparently that's what you're planning and atm you're preparing a script. I know you're just in the planning stage at the moment, but when do you think serious developments will be made, and possibly it's release? A year? 3 years? I'm just really excited :3

I'm not sure I could even give an estimate right now. We've almost finished the outline and are about to put it into script form, which means it should be ready to pitch in a month or two. Once we start pitching, I'll post updates on my blog. Feature films are notorious for how long they take to make though but hopefully because we're leapfrogging the whole book and TV series things (the easier, but longer way) it'll quicken the process a bit for us. Only time will tell, but I will blog about it here on NG too, when it happens.

when is the film?

see above response. If the feature film is delayed for any reason, I'll continue to make Brackenwood shorts for NG in the meantime.

Sir, I love your animations, maybe my favorites. I really appreciate your job :). I hope you keep animating like that :D. I expect to see more work of yours soon :).

thanks! I expect to do more soon :)

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